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Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 23, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.                         

3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said.                     

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Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution or Evolution?

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association | News | Comments

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies.                                 

Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.                                               

EU Antitrust Keeps An Eye on DuPont, Honeywell

October 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Randall Chase, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said.

Coke Slashing Costs as Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.                             

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The Story Behind the Making of Maker's Mark Bourbon

October 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels discusses the boom in the bourbon business and the making of his family's iconic bourbon.                                     

GE, Honda Join To Power Legacy Cessna Jets

October 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation and Honda started manufacturing engines for Honda’s brand new HondaJet light jet in May, and the partners are not finished. The pair just announced a joint project with Sierra Industries to develop a program that would use the HondaJet’s engines to retrofit legacy Cessna business jets. 

Kimberly-Clark To Cut up to 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient.                             

AbbVie To Pay Shire $1.64B Fee Over Failed Merger

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee.                              

Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories Problem in Italty

October 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Ericka Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for safety and labor violations. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name.          

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IBM To Pay $1.5B to Shed its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 10:42 am | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.        

GE Sees Strong U.S. Economy as Profits Rise

October 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. posted strong third quarter results, issued an upbeat forecast for the fourth quarter and said U.S. industrial activity is at its highest level since the financial crisis.                 

General Motors' Legal Chief To Retire

October 20, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year.                   

Electrolux Buoyed by U.S. Growth

October 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in the U.S. and efficiency gains in Europe helped Swedish home-appliance maker Electrolux post a 42 percent jump in third-quarter profits.                              

Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies for Your Business

October 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available.               

Voxeljet's Factory Flop: 3D Printing Boom or Bust?

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Few IPOs were hotter than the offering for 3D printer maker Voxeljet — which went public a year ago this week to a 122 percent rise. The company said it would use those IPO proceeds to expand its business in the U.S., but the company isn't telling investors just how slowly that U.S. expansion is going.

Manufacturers Gear Up for More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

Factories in Philadelphia Experiencing Slow Growth

October 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A measure of factory activity in the Philadelphia region slipped last month, but remained at a healthy level, evidence that U.S. manufacturing output is holding up despite signs of a global slowdown.               

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

October 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mark Adair | Articles | Comments

The triple bottom line is a term that was coined in the 90’s. In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. The conventional wisdom is that a combination of these three components leads to a successful company that retains employees, partners and clients.

The Generational Divide

October 15, 2014 4:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

How do the youngest crop of workers – who continue to enter the industry as we speak – best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

Alcoa Sells Stake in Jamalco

October 15, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa and Noble Group Ltd announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100 percent of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture.    

Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County as Gielow Pickles starts up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit.                 

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